Bay Area tech company creates gunfire detection system for schools

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

A Bay Area technology company has unveiled a gunshot detection system for schools that it hopes will help police respond faster to mass shootings such as the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre or smaller incidents, but privacy advocates are concerned about the surveillance technology.

A handful of schools, including one Oakland charter school, plan to begin using a new version of the Newark-based SST’s gunfire alert technology ShotSpotter, which the company said can detect gunshots and pinpoint the exact location and time a bullet is fired inside a large building.

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